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Is Anybody There? -- A drama set in a seaside English town circa 1987, which charts the unlikely friendship that develops between an acerbic old performer and the death-obsessed young son of the home’s overwhelmed owners.


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Release Date:
1 May 2009 (USA) See more »
Set in 1980s seaside England, this is the story of Edward, an unusual ten year old boy growing up in an old people's home run by his parents... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
John Crowley 
Writing credits
Peter Harness (written by)

Produced by
Rosie Alison .... co-producer
David Heyman .... producer
Mark Hubbard .... line producer
Christine Langan .... executive producer
Peter Saraf .... producer
David M. Thompson .... executive producer
Marc Turtletaub .... producer
Original Music by
Joby Talbot 
Cinematography by
Rob Hardy 
Film Editing by
Trevor Waite 
Casting by
Fiona Weir 
Production Design by
Kave Quinn 
Art Direction by
Lynne Huitson 
Set Decoration by
Gemma Ryan 
Costume Design by
Jane Petrie 
Makeup Department
Fae Hammond .... hair designer
Fae Hammond .... makeup designer
Belinda Parish .... additional hair stylist
Belinda Parish .... additional makeup artist
Gemma Richards .... hair stylist
Gemma Richards .... makeup artist
Gemma Richardson .... hair stylist: crowd dailies
Gemma Richardson .... makeup artist: crowd dailies
Karen Sherriff-Brown .... hair stylist (as Karen Sheriff-Brown)
Karen Sherriff-Brown .... makeup artist (as Karen Sheriff-Brown)
Production Management
Tania Blunden .... post-production supervisor (as Tania Windsor Blunden)
Alice Dawson .... production manager
Amie Tridgell .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Daniel Gill .... additional crowd third assistant director
Heidi Gower .... third assistant director
Martin Harrison .... first assistant director
Chris Stoaling .... second assistant director
Art Department
Paul Bowring .... construction manager
Keith Connolly .... stand by painter
Garry Dawson .... stand-by props
Kevin Day .... stand-by props
James Enright .... props
Gavin Grant .... props
Douglas Ingram .... storyboard artist
Dean Lee .... trainee props (2008)
Loretta Lipworth .... art department trainee
Chris Lunney .... graphic designer
James Mannell .... props
Steve Register .... property master
Oliver Roberts .... stand-by art director
Dorothy Sullivan .... assistant set decorator
Sound Department
Oliver Brierley .... adr mixer
Alex Fielding .... mix technician
Arthur Graley .... foley editor
Nigel Heath .... sound re-recording mixer
Alex Hudd .... sound consultant: dolby
Dan Morgan .... supervising adr & dialogue editor
Paul Munro .... boom operator
Colin Nicolson .... sound recordist
Marc Sampson .... sound trainee
Julian Slater .... supervising sound editor
Chris Sturmer .... sound consultant: dolby
Jessica Ward .... assistant sound editor
Ross Wissbaum .... adr recordist
Mark Wyllie .... recording & mixing engineer
Nick Foley .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
James Davis III .... special effects senior technician
Hugh Goodbody .... special effects technician
Mark Holt .... special effects supervisor
Chris Reynolds .... senior special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Matthew Bristowe .... digital lab producer: MPC
Kelly Bruce .... compositor
James Cundill .... online editor
Philip Greenlow .... visual effects coordinator
Charley Henley .... visual effects supervisor
Jeremy Hey .... digital compositor
Max Horton .... digital colourist
Michael Illingworth .... visual effects artist
Begoña Lopez .... digital lab producer: MPC
Sona Pak .... visual effects producer
Chris Shaw .... visual effects set supervisor
Giuseppe Tagliavini .... digital compositor: MPC
Pat Wintersgill .... on-line editor
Nick Chopping .... stunt double
Bradley Farmer .... stunt driver
Camera and Electrical Department
Simon Baker .... Steadicam operator
Richie Donnelly .... first assistant camera
Alan Hall .... first assistant camera
Graham Hall .... camera: b
Daniel Laviada .... grip: dailies
Chloë Thomson .... assistant camera
Roger Tooley .... camera operator: "b" camera/Steadicam
Nick Wall .... unit & specials photographer
Lee Walters .... gaffer
Casting Department
Abigail Barbier .... adr voice casting
Louis Elman .... adr voice casting
Ruth Key .... casting assistant
Alice Searby .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Karen Beale .... costume assistant
Anne T. Delaney .... costume maker
Lucy Donowho .... costume assistant
Rachael Forde .... wardrobe trainee
Poli Kyriacou .... costume buyer
Richard Sale .... assistant costume designer
James Smith .... dresser: Michael Caine (as Jim Smith)
Julie Telfer .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Nina Bradley .... assistant editor
Faye Morgan .... post-production coordinator (as Faye Stevens)
Music Department
Alison Butters .... music clearance
Peter Clarke .... preview music editor
Ben Foster .... orchestrator
Dave Foster .... music preparation
Liz Gallacher .... music supervisor
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Matthew Richard Harris .... composer: additional music
Catherine Manners .... music score coordinator
Wendy Nieper .... piano consultant
Wendy Nieper .... singing consultant
Joby Talbot .... conductor
Joby Talbot .... music arranger
Paul Thomson .... composer: stock music
Mark Wyllie .... recording & mixing engineer
Transportation Department
Steve Hammick .... driver: stand-by prop truck
Other crew
Danielle Bennett .... floor runner
Sam Blackmore .... floor runner
Oliver Butler .... base runner
Michael B. Clark .... assistant to producer
Valentina Coccia .... production coordinator
Jonah Coombes .... location manager
Paul Dray .... laboratory liaison
Jon Duncan .... production accountant
Scott Eaton .... assistant production coordinator
Dorothee Freytag .... location assistant
Adrian Hubbard .... production runner
Diana Lander .... unit nurse
Jill McCullough .... dialect coach
Daniele Tate Melia .... assistant: producer
Sharon Milton .... tutor
Paul Murphy .... assistant accountant
Shailini Vijay Naik .... production assistant
Claire Oakley .... assistant to director
Sylvia Parker .... script supervisor
Scott Penrose .... magic consultant
Benjamin Perkins .... chaperone
Mike Phillips .... head of physical production
James Smith .... personal assistant: Michael Caine (as Jim Smith)
Serena Tona-Wade .... runner
Liam Winn .... runner
Oliver Wiseman .... assistant: David Heyman
Charlotte Wright .... location scout
Josh Yudkin .... assistant location manager
Luke Alkin .... special thanks
Jeb Brody .... special thanks
Jacqueline Eckhouse .... special thanks (as Jackie Eckhouse)
Mrs. Ros Garrow .... special thanks
Tricia Newman .... thanks
John Sloss .... special thanks
Elizabeth Spriggs .... in memory of
Sacha Wares .... extra special thanks
Jane Wright .... special thanks

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Also Known As:
"Is There Anybody There?" - Canada (English title) (festival title)
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Rated PG-13 for language including sexual references, and some disturbing images
94 min
Color (DeLuxe)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Canada:PG (British Columbia/Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Ireland:12A | Singapore:PG | UK:12A | USA:PG-13
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Did You Know?

The last film of Elizabeth Spriggs. She died during post production.See more »
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: Some think the father's mustache at the party is a continuity error as he shaved it off that morning. However, it is a fancy dress party and the father is clearly wearing a fake mustache to go with his costume.See more »
Clarence:I'd like to come back as a badger.
Clarence:They're bad-tempered, but they look good - and you can make sporrans out of badgers.
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One Man & His Dog Theme TuneSee more »


Is "Is Anybody There?" based on a novel?
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Wonder and Dread in a Childhood Memory, 21 January 2010
Author: martys-7 from United States

There is a hazy feeling permeating through "Is Anybody There?" as the perception of life for the 10-year-old protagonist is affected by the impermanence of the elderly residents living at home. Edward, who has been asked by his parents to give up his bedroom to accommodate residents in the house they have converted into a rest home, struggles with the concept of death as the elderly around him decay and die. He tries to record evidence of the existence of the soul while his obsession makes him an outsider at school and in his own home. The scenes are clearly his memories: this is the mid-80s with "Back to the Future" at the movie theater and "Come on Eileen" on the radio, his parents' quarrels, the boring classroom, his anger at the situation, and old folks dropping dead.

Clarence, played masterfully by Michael Caine, is a former vaudeville magician referred by social services and in the early stages of dementia or Alzheimer's, who becomes a new resident in the home against his wishes. Eventually, Clarence's bitter cynicism is lifted by Edward's ebullience and they bond but despite magic tricks and tenderness their moments will be far from perfect and they will not necessarily alter their belief system and be wiser.

This movie does not follow the contrived formula of the old person/young person plot written and performed countless times, often sweetened with sentimentality and conveying the idea that both lives will change for the better. The older one, often bitter or jaded, learns to love again and spends his/her last days as a better human being thanks to the younger one's candor and energy, while, the inexperienced younger one learns the bittersweet lessons of living and dying from the older one. Sometimes, the formula is inverted and the elderly is optimistic and energetic teaching a child how to open up to life while the young one brings grounding common sense. "Is anybody There?" it is not this type of movie, there are no big lessons and imparting of wisdom. It is just a short tale of two lost souls meeting and departing and the process of aging and dying at a rest home. The scenes do not try to be sentimental or evoke notion of what is living and dying but search for a realistic tone showing the elderly and the rest home daily living under a natural light.

Michael Caine's poignant vulnerable performance as a man living on a meager pension in his last days while still trying to maintain his dignity is award-worthy. Prodigious young actor Bill Milner (who was fantastic in "Son of Rambow") is a perfect match creating a delightful portrait of a lonely, confused and angry boy who is too smart for his own good.

If you are the type of viewer you enjoy conventional dramas or comedies that involve children and seniors, this movie may not be for your. If you wish to watch a British slice of life where a boy and an old man come together for a brief shining moment as one is growing and the other dying, this movie is perfection.

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